Kuwait: The Afghanistan Rugby Federation will hold a training camp from May 1-10 in Kabul. ARF Vice President Abdul Khalil Bik told Afghanistan Online that the goal of the camp was to select a national rugby team and a national junior team.
Bik said they were inviting Zafar Khan, a professional rugby player from India, who is originally from Afghanistan, to help the local players. The federation is receiving funding from Majid Mall, the first modern shopping mall in Kabul, to cover the expenses of the coach from India. They are also expecting some assistance from the British Embassy in Kabul.
With seven-a-side rugby joining the sports programme for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, national rugby federations around the world are building up the strength of their men’s and women’s teams with gold medals at stake.
The Afghanistan Rugby Federation was officially registered with the National Olympic Committee on November 29, 2010. The federation is responsible for the development of the sport in Afghanistan. According to Afghanistan Online, rugby was first played on Afghan soil back in the late 1800s by the invading British troops.
The president of the Afghanistan Rugby Federation is Mohammad Mansoor Majid. (www.afghan-web.com)